Sewer Line Repair
There are many causes of sewer line problems. Old pipes made of substandard or outdated material will corrode over time, needing replacement. Grease or foreign matter can also build up, prohibiting proper flow and/or cleaning of the sewer line. Extreme weather conditions can cause major stress to underground sewer lines, shifting the soil, freezing the ground, or causing damaging settling of the ground. Lastly, those big, beautiful, old trees that provide so much shade and attractiveness to our homes can come with a large, expansive root system. Those roots can wreak havoc underground on water lines, causing costly damage and most likely needing repair.
Traditionally, sewer line repair involves “trenching” the area to gain access to the surrounding damaged portion of the pipe. A backhoe may be used to open and refill the work area. Trenchless repair cause less damage than traditional sewer line repair techniques. This method can preserve sidewalks, driveways and landscaping with minimal disruption and lower cost. Pipe lining, which is also known as “cured in place pipe” is a flexible tube coated with resin that is inserted into the damaged pipe and inflated. After several hours, the resin hardens, creating a pipe within a pipe. The “pipe bursting” method involves pulling a new pipe through a damaged one, simultaneously fracturing it outward. This method usually requires access holes to be dug on either side of the lateral.
Experts say it’s a good thing to inspect your sewer lines with a camera before you purchase a home. But even if you’ve been in your home for several years, it’s a good idea to get them looked at before you encounter a costly emergency. Some of the first signs of blockage are gurgling sounds from your toilet, or a slower flow from your drains. Typically, the problem only worsens over time, so once you discover these signs, it’s best to get them checked out. Augers can help the problem for a short time, but once roots start growing in your sewer line, you need to just bit the bullet and get a sewer line repair.